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CHICAGO — Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope.

That was the charm of “Mr. Cub.”

Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks’ death, but did not provide a cause.

Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, “It’s a great day for baseball.

Sports on the air for Monday, Jan. 26
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:19

TV

NBA

7 p.m., 76ers at Pelicans, FSNO

COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

6 p.m., Syracuse at N. Carolina, ESPN

6 p.m., Delaware St. at NC Central, ESPNU

7 p.m., Gardner-Webb at Campbell, CST

8 p.m., Texas at Iowa St., ESPN

8 p.m., Prairie View at UAPB, ESPNU

9 p.m., Johnny Jones radio show, CST

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

6 p.m., Texas A&M at S. Carolina, ESPN2

8 p.m., Miss. State at Auburn, SEC

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Matt Kuchar stumbled late in the third round of the Humana Challenge, handing the lead to Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam.

Two strokes ahead after a birdie on the par-5 14th, Kuchar bogeyed three of the final four holes Saturday for a 1-under 71 on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course.

“It’s too bad, but it’s what happened,” Kuchar said. “I still got one more day left to try to make some birdies and still pull this thing out.

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge.

Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event for his first tour victory.

“Honestly, if you would have told me I would have done this last week, I would have laughed at you,” Haas said.

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position.

He also doubts the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in the AFC championship game.

“I think the perception is the reality,” Sherman said Sunday after the defending champions arrived in Phoenix. “It is what it is. Their résumé speaks for itself.

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The injury, which will require surgery, was confirmed by the team following an MRI conducted on Sunday by team medical personnel.

Alex Rodriguez made attempts to meet face-to-face with New York Yankees executives to apologize and clear the air but he reportedly was told, "We'll see you in spring training."

Wawrinka's great escape, Serena rallies
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:18

At the 1994 U.S. Open, John McEnroe said he would commentate on his head if Jan Siemerink won a fourth-set tiebreak after falling behind 6-0 to fellow Dutchman Richard Krajicek.

It could be a family affair for the Williams sisters at the Australian Open.

If Serena and Venus Williams -- who have combined to tally 25 majors -- both win their quarterfinals Wednesday, they'll meet at a grand slam for the first time since the Wimbledon final in 2009.

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